Entry Senior

Power Engineering Technologist and Stationary Steam Engineer

About This Career

Power Engineering Technologists and Stationary/Steam Engineers operate and maintain reactors, steam and gas turbines, boilers, generators, stationary gas and diesel internal combustion engines, auxiliary equipment or controls related to generating electrical power. In the oil and gas industry, any plant or facility that operates using pressurized equipment will require their operators to have a power engineering certification. This includes gas plant operations, Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) operations, mining extraction operations, upgrading operations, co-generation/utilities, oilfield waste management plants, etc. The responsibilities of these operators vary based on the class of certification a worker carries (e.g., 3rd Class certificate). 

Education: A high school diploma (or equivalent) and provincial or territorial power or stationary engineering certification is typically required.

Employment: This occupation is found in both onshore and offshore environments and is typically employed by the exploration and production (E&P) and oil sands, and oil and gas services sectors of the oil and gas industry. 

Example titles: Boiler Operator, Building Engineer, Operating Engineer, Plant Operator, Plant Utilities Engineer, Stationary Steam Engineer, Utilities Operator, Building Systems Technician, Electrical Power Systems Operator, Bitumen Plant Operator, Gas Plant Operator, Gas Compressor Operator, Gaugers, Heavy Oil Process Operator, SAGD Facility Operator, LNG Plant Operator, LNG Process Operator, Process Operator, Production Operator, Facility Operator, Waste Treatment Operator

Work Activities
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring the levels of boiler water, chemicals and fuel, and making adjustments to maintain the required levels.
Public Safety and Security
Production and Processing
Operation and Control
Operation Monitoring
Career Path
  • Control Room Operator
  • Assistant Shift Supervisor
  • Outside Operator
  • Process Operator
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Lead Operator
  • Chief Inspector
  • Process safety roles
  • Environmental, Health & Safety roles
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career paths associated with this occupation:
  • Chief Engineer
  • Production Foreman
Related Careers
How Can I Work in LNG?

As Canada prepares for the launch of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, this occupation will play a key role in:

  • LNG facility operations
  • Turnaround maintenance

When the LNG industry takes off, you can be a part of the action!

Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Variable weather
    Variable Weather
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Arrow
    Shift Work
  • Load
    Heavy Lifting
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Physical
    Physically Demanding
  • Heights
    Working from Heights
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Paper manufacturing
  • Food manufacturing
  • Public administration including regulatory
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Primary metal manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Utilities, including renewables
Job Details

Job Category



Exploration and production

Oil and gas services

Oil sands



Qualifications + Experience


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)


  • Power or stationary engineering certification is compulsory for all operators working with pressurized vessels/equipment across Canada.
  • To receive a provincial or territorial power engineering or stationary engineering certificate, Power Engineers require a college training program in stationary or power engineering and several years of work experience in the field.
  • Examples of Health and Safety Courses that may be required in this occupation:
  • Standard and Emergency First Aid
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training (PCST)
  • H2S Alive
  • Asbestos Safety
  • Fall protection
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Aerial lift training
  • Respirator fit training